Singing has been an intimate part of me all my life. Sometimes as my best friend, sometimes a coach challenging me to take a risk and jump into the unknown. It has given me two beautiful gifts – both the joy of singing and the joy of guiding others through our singing lessons to find their unique expression and to sing freely and confidently.
Singing offers all of us her magic. It intensifies and amplifies the groove, joy, sadness, power, whatever is we have in that particular moment.
Singing is like coming home. It can bring us back to ourselves so we reconnect and feel clearer about what matters, when the world’s pulling us in many different directions. If I feel sad or anxious, singing, and listening to other people sing, feels like a warm hug from a close friend letting me know everything will be alright.
As I breathe in to sing I feel this quiet spacious connection that allows me to bring everything into focus. Then I feel the exhilaration of throwing my doubts to the wind and being an open channel for the music to surge through me. There’s such delight when I let go and the music takes me where it wants, soft and tender one minute then surging with power the next.
I love the way I heard a Yoga master describe this feeling: “The sound starts in the navel, our “Power Chakra”, where it connects with our raw power. Then the sound flows up through our heart, where it’s coloured by the love, passion and feelings we are experiencing at that moment. Next travelling up through our “Throat Chakra”, the sound reflects how much we trust ourselves to let our truth, power and emotions flow into the world.
Finally this sound, reaches our mouth where it’s shaped into words and flows out from us and reaches those who are listening.”
Many times singing’s pushed me to jump off the proverbial cliff because something inside me ached to get up and sing, perform, connect, explore music and immerse myself in the sound of a beautiful song. To feel the beauty of the music and words reach the people listening and sense how they’re being moved as they ride the song in their own way.
I started performing when I was 5. I used to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” when my parents had guests. Where I sing has changed to include large concert halls, intimate jazz clubs and thousands of people at festivals and concerts. However the incredible joy of sharing the beauty in a song with those listening never changes.
There’s a beautiful quote I always keep in mind when I’m singing: “Think not how beautiful the singer, but now beautiful the song.” It’s when I forget about myself, let go of the need to “sound good”, that I become one with the song and I’m flying free.
As the proverb says:
“If you can walk you can dance, If you can speak, you can sing”
What does singing mean to you? I’d love to know.
Give the team at Sydney Singing Lessons a call and we can share the fun of finding this joy of singing together!
Singing has always been a big part of my life. I’ve been singing professionally since I was 22.
I’ve performed as a soloist, in duos, in bands and in choirs large and small. I have performed in so many different kind of events and venues – indoor and outdoor, daytime and night time, from massive stadiums in front of thirty thousand to intimate hospital rooms, from recording studios to street busking, churches, weddings, funerals, libraries, pre-schools, jails and boardrooms.
Of all the places I’ve performed, I’d have to say the most heart-thumping performances are still singing in boardrooms presenting my compositions to a meeting of poker-faced executives.
As a singer I’ve sung many kinds of songs for many kinds of different occasions both for pleasure and for profit.
When I am asked the question ”What does singing mean to me?” I can say without any hesitation SINGING MEANS A WHOLE LOT TO ME!
Singing is healthy. It makes me feel whole and alive and healthy. And when I’m singing with others or at church it’s nourishing hearing voices come together as a group.
Singing brings me happiness. When I sing I feel happy, joyous and in the flow.
Singing let’s me express my creativity. I love singing for the pure enjoyment of making music with my voice. My house is surrounded by lots of trees, which not only makes a wonderful view but also attracts so many birds. All day long I can hear birds singing. At the top of my list of favourite bird singers are Butcher Birds, Magpies and Rainbow Lorikeets. I love to sing along with the bird calls and try to imitate them as closely as I can just for fun.
Singing along to songs I know is heaps of fun too. I can hear a song playing on the radio, or performed live or karaoke if I know the song I find it virtually impossible to resist singing along.
Karaoke is one of my loves too. Live or online, suits me fine. I belong to an online Karaoke community called Sing Snap, which lets me record and play back my karaoke performance with the backing so I can hear how I sounded. If I choose I can post my karaoke performance on the website where other members can hear me and make comments if they want. That’s a lot of fun and it’s also a wonderful way of connecting with other singers and karaoke fans around the world.
Songwriting is another one of my creative expressions. I use singing to write songs a’cappella without any instruments. In my head I am continually hearing my own new songs and constantly downloading songs that come to me from the universe, the cosmos or wherever. And I sing these into my recording device to capture these ‘song seeds’ so I can write a song when I get some time in my busy day. I have thousands of little song seeds waiting for the right moment when they can be planted and cultivated in the soil of effort and time.
It makes me feel brave. I was a shy singer and I struggled for many years to get over myself to own up to the fact that I wanted to be a singer and give myself permission to sing in front of others and even to take singing lessons. I no longer have any issues with shyness or nervousness and now I can sing anytime and anywhere – even in board rooms with those poker-faced executives.
Singing lets me do the work I love to do. As a professional singer I love performing wonderfully written songs that people love – and especially love it when people sing along with me at my gigs. That’s the best fun.
As a songwriter I enjoy using my voice to write songs, not just for me to sing, but also for other awesome singers to sing. And hearing how other singers express their creativity in my songs is a great honour.
And as a singing coach here at Sydney Singing Lessons, I love using the world’s best singing tools and powerful stories to help singers of all levels and ages achieve breakthroughs with their singing. And it’s shy singers especially where my story has the most impact.
So if you’re thinking about learning to sing and wondering if singing lessons can really help, the SSL team invite you to take the next step.